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Long-tailed Sun Skink


Horsfield's Flying Squirrel
Peninsular Malaysia


Collared Black-headed Snake
Peninsular Malaysia


Black-eyed Litter Frog


Red Giant Flying Squirrel - juvenile
Peninsular Malaysia


Southeast Asia is blighted by a terrible, illegal trade in wildlife products. It plays a key role in providing a market for endangered African wildlife such as elephant, rhinoceros and, increasingly, pangolin. Regionally all sorts of creatures are the target of criminal poaching gangs including Tiger, Pangoiln, Sun Bear, Serow and even the unassuming Tokay gecko. But there are people in the region deeply committed in fighting this trade, such as the wonderful people at Traffic.

Governments too appear to be slowly waking up to the threat of this dreadful trade, although such efforts are weakened by lax enforcement and corruption which is deeply entrenched in many countries. Celebrities have a role too, and in this respect its wonderful to see the actress Michelle Yeoh get involved. Keep it up, Michelle !  Click here to read more.  


Last update : 30th June 2015

  Video: camera traps highlight wildlife diversity of 'forgotten' park
  Thousands of Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles seized
  Can we save the Sumatran rhino? Indonesia holds out hope
  Indonesia, Japan cooperating to conserve Bali`s myna bird
  70 new species of plants, animals discovered in Vietnam in 2014
  As mangroves disappear at 'an alarming rate,' conservationists urge more protection
  Vietnam : Student becomes first researcher to hold an Annamite striped rabbit
  In Sumatra, an oasis in a sea of oil palm
  Thailand : Conservationists discover tigers in Chaloem Ratanakosin National Park
  Butterflies stand out as useful bioindicators in Malaysia
  Malaysia : Sabah eyes 100% certified palm oil by 2025
  Indonesia : APRIL updates sustainability policy with Greenpeace's tentative approval
  Burma : 139 new species discovered in Myanmar and the Greater Mekong
  Survey finds medicines from bear parts widely available in Malaysia
  Indonesia : Palm oil activist murdered in Jakarta
  Malaysia痴 illegal wildlife trade thriving unhindered
  Indonesia : GAR, Wilmar punish palm oil supplier for clearing rainforest in New Guinea
  Singapore intercepts tusks and rhino horns bound for Vietnam
  Researchers find treasure trove of unique, threatened animals in Philippine forest
  Scientists reconstruct what was in the Harapan Rainforest of Sumatra

(For links to older news articles, search the news links)


I recently spent some time on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia and found some wonderful wildlife right there in my resort at Burau Bay- Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Colugos, Spotted Gliding Lizards, Red Giant Flying Squirrels.  What a beautiful place that is.



Thanks to : Sophia Sak Baker, Andie Ang, Chan Kwok Wai, Vilma D'Rozario, Christine Fletcher, Horst Flotow, Con Foley, Graeme Guy, Dave Haylock, Tim Jackson, Benjamin Lee, Leong Tzi Ming, Joseph Lim, Kelvin Lim, Norman Lim, Celine Low, Shawn Lum, Ng Bee Choo, Tony O'Dempsey, Mark O'Shea, Bruce Paterson, Timothy Pwee, Subaraj Rajathurai, Stephen Richards, Morten Strange, Ria Tan, Andrew Tay, Robert Teo, Noel Thomas,  Yeo Suay Hwee  ... I get by with a little help from my friends.